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Ironing right beside sewing machine?

Old 09-29-2009, 11:13 AM
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my cutting table is right next to my sewing machine...I set up my ironing mat right at the corner next to me...got out my old travel iron and it works great...
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:21 AM
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I have my iron on the other side of the room from my machine. I don't like sitting that long and prefer getting up and moving around even if it means a 100 times a day (or more).

Old 09-29-2009, 11:41 AM
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I have a small ironing board that I can set up by my machine OR I have dropped the hight of my regular board level with the sewing table and set it next to the machine.

Can't say a lot of good things about that iron for standard press work (great for applique).

I still get up and walk to the ironing board or I'll have a flat butt at the end of a project.
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Old 09-29-2009, 12:13 PM
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I iron right next to my sewing machine, with a small table top board, and a travel iron, the kind you take on holiday with. Mine has a collapsible handle, though it never gets folded up. It has steam capability, but I generally use a water spray bottle instead. I do have one of the clover mini irons, but only use that infrequently, mostly for applique.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:41 PM
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You will definitely want to incorporate some of the ideas here! I am fortunate to have a table with an extension that I set up my ironing pad and my iron on. All I have to do is swivel to my left. The pad is one of those June Taylor Cut N Press things. The cut side is awful and I have never used it, but the press side is invaluable! It is horribly raggedy now, but I found a new pressing pad at a quilt show recently, so it will be replaced. I like my full size iron. I've heard the Clover mini irons are not what they used to be. Can anyone attest to this? I am still interested in them.

ETA: As for the excersize factor: It is good to get and move during those marathon sewing sessions, and sometimes I forego the convenience and do just that! For the most part, I am still a slave to my treadmill and worship it each morning, LOL!
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:37 PM
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My iron is close (my room is filled with stuff) but I still have to get up to use it. But, it really helps my back if I get up and move around a little... :D
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:47 PM
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I have a cutting board , that is an ironing surface on the other side. And I just use my regular iron.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:05 PM
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I thought that was me writing. I have a little corner in our front room and I have my sewing machine on my ironing board, turn to the left is my cutting table (foldable), turn to the right again and I have a cabinet (actually it is an antique commode that I keep my tools and thread in) and I have my table ironing board on that. Taking the legs off is a terrific idea. Except for one little thing. I store my pattern and extra fabric under the ironing board. I also use my big iron. I tried travel irons and they don't have the feel for an iron that I like, so I use my regular iron. I also take off the sewing machine, raise up the ironing board and cut larger pieces of fabric and iron larger pieces of fabric. I just got a chair, swivel, with rollers that I use to work myself dizzy. I keep a certain amount of room on the cutting table for a lamp, a cd player to listen to audio books and a glass of pop or wine.

I love the "make-do with what we have" way of doing things. Then I have more money for fabric. Edie
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:07 PM
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I recently got half a pingpong table (from freecycle! lol!!) that I'm now using as my sewing table! So now I am using a table top ironing board (got for .25 at a yard sale!) and have it sitting right next to me!
Before I had my regular ironing board on my right side, within very easy reach! :D
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:16 PM
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I got wood square piece 24"x24" covered it with insul bright and fabric and it's on top of the fabric bins. When I don't need to iron, it stored against the wall. Frees up alot of time and energy going back and forth. I also got a larger piece that I sit on top of the iron board when I'm doing large items.

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